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The Ultimate CB Book Log
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Have you read a book recently?

Enter its name here. This is the 2017 Ultimate CB Book Log. Well, technically starting in 2016, but who cares?

This is a place for us to keep a huge, giant log of books, both for ourselves, and also so other CBers can see what we're reading. Everytime you finish a book--whether you've read it or not--put its name and author here. You don't have to talk about it or anything...you just type in its title. We can discuss books here if you want, but it's not required.

Have fun! 

 

I think this is a great idea, Owlgirl! 

Admin

submitted by Owlgirl, age 13, Texas
(December 27, 2016 - 12:29 pm)

I just finished Keeper of the Lost Cities. So good! 

I also finished Telsa's Attic which I highly recommend. Like I seriously couldn't put it down!

Miza says zoev. Zoey?  

submitted by Leo
(January 27, 2019 - 2:16 pm)

I'm reading the through the Lunar Chronicals by Marissa Meyer and I just finished the third book: Cress! Soo Soo good!

submitted by Codesmith , age 16, In a computer
(January 29, 2019 - 10:55 am)

Ah, I love TLC!

submitted by Leeli
(January 29, 2019 - 4:34 pm)

HUUUUGE catch-up post! Read in 2018-19. Please realize most of these are not recommended by me, and I would not suggest you read them. I'm simply adding them to fill out the list. Cassandra Clare is heavy on the romance.

MAXIMUM RIDE: The Angel Experiment (*****), School's Out--Forever (****), Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (***), The Final Warning (**), Max (**), Fang (****), Angel (***), Nevermore (***), Maximum Ride Forever (****) by James Patterson. Boy, were these disappointing or what. The first three books were really good! They got progressively worse from there. It dragged on WAY longer than it should've. YA, mature 12+. 2018

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: City of Bones (****), City of Ashes (***), City of Glass (***), City of Fallen Angels (*), City of Lost Souls (**), City of Heavenly Fire (*****) by Cassandra Clare. Whoof. These books were a rollercoaster, that's for sure. To be honest, the premise was good, but not well-executed. And seriously, SO much romance. YA, for older/more mature kids. 2018

THE INFERNAL DEVICES: Clockwork Angel (****), Clockwork Prince (*****), Clockwork Princess (*****) by Cassandra Clare. Nothing like TMI. Much better written (unlike that sentence), and a more well-executed main plot still set in the same universe, but in the Victorian era rather than the 2000s. YA, for older/more mature kids. 2018

The Bane Chronicles (*****) by Cassandra Clare. Set of short stories about my favorite character? That are actually in character? Yes please! YA, for older/more mature kids. 2018

Tales from Shadowhunter Academy (*****) by Cassandra Clare. Another short story book that's mostly in character? Well, if they hadn't killed off someone I grew to love, I probably would've been a lot happier. 2018

JACK AND LOUISA: Act 1 (****), Act 2 (****), Act 3 (****) by Andrew Keenan-Bolger. Pretty good. Written by a Broadway star, for those of you that don't know (NEWSIES FOREVER!). A little LGBTQUA+ rep, which was cool. I liked them, but they weren't over the top amazing. J. 2018

Caraval (*****) and Legendary (*****) by Stephanie Garber. WOW. I literally didn't know who to trust. Amazing way to kick off my 2019 reading season. Can't wait for Finale in May! YA, but there's not much too wrong with it. A mature 12+. 2019

Jane Eyre (***) by Charlotte Bronte. Meh. It was good. I'm not big on classics. Rating? It's a classic. I think you guys should know. 2019

Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me and You (*****) by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Too. CUTE! Loved this book! YA for mild language. 2019

DEATH NOTE (manga): Boredom (****), Confluence (****), Hard Run (*****), Love (****), Whiteout (*****), Give-and-Take (****), Zero (****), Target (***), Contact (***), Deletion (***), Kindred Spirits (***), Finis (****) by Tsugumi Ohba, art by Takeshi Obata. Whoa. First off, some seriously deep questions about justice, right and wrong, moral rights...wow. Now that that's out of the way, books 1-7 are really, really good (1-4 being better than 5-7). 8-12 seemed not as well thought out. The characters became overpowered. It wasn't fun anymore. It dragged. YA, for older kids. 2019

Death Note: Another Note - The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases (*****) by NisiOisiN. IT'S LIKE PUBLISHED FANFICTION. THAT'S ACTUALLY DECENTLY WRITTEN. It's really good. Like better than some of the books in than he canon series. YA, for older kids. 2019

Death Note: L, Change the WorLd (*****) by M. SAME AS BB. PUBLISHED. FANFIC. Also amazing. A spin off novelization of a spin off movie. Complicated. But amazing. YA, for older kids. 2019

Trollhunters: The Adventure Begins (*****) by [I don't know, sorry!]. Love the show, love the novelization. Everything about it is amazing. J. 2019

*looks amazing list* Yeah, I probably need to move to Cicada book-wise, huh? *headscratch* Hope you guys enjoyed seeing what I've been up to anyway. Double-check with your parents before reading any of these (except if marked J), I don't want to get you guys in trouble. ♡ 

submitted by Inktail
(February 3, 2019 - 10:26 pm)

I recently read Lab Girl by Hope Jahren and it was so good!!

submitted by Katie
(February 16, 2019 - 11:36 am)

The Brightest Night (WoF Bk 5) — Tui T. Sutherland *****

and

Moon Rising (WoF Bk 6) — Tui T. Sutherland ***** 

AMAZING AS ALWAYS. All the revelations, connections, decisions... my favorite type of writing! 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay — J.K. Rowling ***

Interesting, as I’ve never read a screenplay before. It was sort of like watching a movie in your head. The plot was good, but the whole Credence ordeal was a little traumatic and a lot of people die. The story felt awfully short, but that’s probably because it was made to be a movie and not a book. I also really liked the fact that it took place in North America, where the HP books are strictly Britain. So many name droppings, though...

submitted by Jwyn, age 14, The Realm of Creativity
(February 16, 2019 - 1:44 pm)

A Pocket Full of Murder / A Little Taste of Poison - R.J. Anderson (***** / ****) The first book is amaaaaaziiiiing. Magic London in what appears to be Victorian English times with a misarrested murder mystery? Yes, please! This book had so many plot twists that I wasn't expecting...seriously, you should read it. The second one is also good, but I didn't like it as much.

Sabriel - Garth Nix (****) Started off slow, wasn't expecting to like it. It was surprisingly good. 

submitted by Inktail
(February 16, 2019 - 10:54 pm)

Just finished Pet Sematary by Stephen King. Given the praise I've heard for this book, and considering how it was once said to be 'too scary', it didn't live up to the hype. However, it definitely evoked strong emotion and it was incredibly well written. Although it would definitely impact me more if I actually had children, it certainly tugged on my heartstrings. Anyway, this is more of a mature novel, so read with a parent's approval, but overall I'd give it four stars. Great concept, mostly great execution. 

submitted by The Girl Next Door, age 14, Washington
(February 18, 2019 - 9:00 pm)

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherine M Valente (****)

Aaaaaaaaa I LOVED this. It was so sweet and beautifully written. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did, and it made me strangely emotional. The ending was amazing. 

submitted by Leeli
(February 21, 2019 - 11:06 am)

Lirael - Garth Nix (****) Not as good as Sabriel, but still pretty good.

Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas (*****) Whoa. Whoa. This book was AMAZING. I cannot wait to grab the second one. 

submitted by Inktail
(February 22, 2019 - 11:18 am)

Winter Turning (WoF Book 7) by Tui T. Sutherland *****

And

Escaping Peril (WoF Book 8) by Tui T. Sutherland *****

Both utterly amazing as all the rest of the series I've read so far!

 

Stargirl **** and Love, Stargirl *** by Jerry Spinelli 

These struck me as extremely sweet, realistic, and relatable. The writing and descriptions were exceptional. The only reason I gave them lower ratings was because it felt a little sad and incomplete at the end, though I feel that way often about realistic fiction.

 

Fantastic Beast (and where to find them): The Crimes of Grindlewald by J.K. Rowling ****

I feel I prefered the plot of this sequel screenplay to the first one, because the first seemed to have a very cliché, basic plot that was enhanced quite a bit. This showed more layers and twists than the first, and added a bunch more character building. However, it ended quite abruptly (again, it was made for a movie), and left a space in the history sequence.

[SPOILER] 

What happened with Grindlewald and Credence? Obviously they didn't succeed, but nonetheless there must be an interesting story in between. I think there will definitely be another after this.  I also loved the appearance of Dumbledore, a familiar character to tie things together :D

submitted by Jwyn, age 14, The Realm Of Creativity
(February 24, 2019 - 7:48 pm)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Victor Hugo (*****)

Whoa. I made a choice to read this book, it wasn't for school. (Thank Alan Menken and the Disney musical--not the movie, the musical!) And boy, was I glad I did. This book totally ripped my heart out and stomped all over it. But it was really good. And raised a lot of questions about morality for me. 

submitted by Inktail
(February 26, 2019 - 2:18 pm)

Crown of Midnight: Throne of Glass book 2 - Sarah J Maas (****)

Not as good as the first, but still really good. 

submitted by Inktail
(February 27, 2019 - 11:15 am)

#1 HECK YES #2 YOU ALSO READ SJM?!?!?!?

The Count Of Monte Cristo Alexander Dumas 

submitted by Tyberious Firestone, age Cosmos duh, Cosmos
(March 12, 2019 - 5:37 pm)

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie. 

submitted by Viola?, age Secret, Secret
(February 27, 2019 - 4:09 pm)